Students at Morrisburg Public School had a crazy hair day last Wednesday and, yes, indeed there were some very funky and some very out of the ordinary coiffures. Pictured above are the various grade representatives selected for the photo based on their outrageous dos. Front, l-r, are Michelle Chater, Kyra Lewis, Dawson Lewis, Celina McMillan, Zoe McMillan and Chloe Adams. Back, l-r, are Brandon Lovely, Bethany Baker, Harneet Cheema, Gabriel Baker and Shyla Crowder. In the closeup insets, l-r, Chloe Adams shows off her birds nest, Shylar Crowder her hair braided eyewear, and Michelle Chater her spring variety pack.
B. McNairn-Leader staff
IROQUOIS – The hallowed halls of learning became the hallowed halls of stacking at Iroquois Public School last Thursday, November 14, as the Iroquois students became part of a Stack Up! group determined to set a new Guinness World Record for “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.”
And it was mission accomplished as the record of 483,658 was passed quickly when the counts began to come into Stack Up! headquarters.
The number of people stacking at multiple locations in one day has now topped 500,000 with some groups yet to report in.
Once all numbers are in and the Guinness paperwork is completed, Iroquois Public School ‘stacking’ organizer/teacher Pamela MacIntyre-McAlear (Mrs. Mac) will apply for the school’s customized STACK UP! Stamp of Approval to document Iroquois Public School’s participation in this year’s world record setting event.
Just after 1 p.m. last Thursday, every student at Iroquois Public School could be found stacking one thing or another; the kindergarten classes stacking away in the gymnasium and the remaining classes stretching out in the hallways.
This was the fourth year Iroquois Public, under the stacking organizational skills of Mrs. Mac has participated in the event.
“We stack anything,” said Mrs. Mac. “From pots from the garden, to books to Frisbees, you name it and we’ll stack it. We have over 300 stackers stacking here today for one half hour.”
Pictured above is some of the ‘sport stacking action, beginning with a stacking lineup down the school’s main hallway; picture two shows Benjamin Lewis stacking wood blocks; picture three includes stackers Peyton Fitzgerald and Logan Garlough, with stacking helper Jacob Garlough (behind); and right is Jacob White, stacking some mighty big cups.
Playhouse Theatre School Show Always A Crowd-Pleaser
This Saturday July 12th at 10AM there’ll be a lot of clowning around at Upper Canada Playhouse! That’s when The Playhouse Senior Theatre School presents its original production SEND IN THE CLOWNS to parents, friends and the general public. The show will mark the culmination of two weeks of creative theatre arts instruction led by instructor Mary Ellen Viau. The first weeks of July are always exciting ones for students recently released from the rigours of classroom studies and home-work. But for the 20 young participants of this summer's Playhouse Senior Theatre School, it marks the beginning of two very intense weeks filled with drama exercises and theatre-themed fun and games. This year students are being encouraged to do as much clowning around as possible in the ten day camp as they focus on the role of clowns in theatre. From Marcel Marceau's famous 'Bip the Clown' and Charlie Chaplin's 'Little Tramp', to the Shakespearean clowns in A Midsummer Night's Dream, these young actors explore the many techniques used to make clowns funny. Teamwork, creativity, enthusiasm and problem-solving are just a of few of the many skills these energetic kids bring to the daily workshops and rehearsals that will prepare them for their final production on the Playhouse stage. Drop by The Playhouse this Saturday, July 12th for "Send In The Clowns." The 45-minute performance is free, and if past Theatre School shows are any indication, it’ll be fun, educational and sure to put a smile on every face!
House of Lazarus in Mountain relies on community donations to support their important mission of supporting the needs of the local community, through various projects and programs which include a food bank and thrift and household goods shop.
Funds raised through the thrift shop provide approximately 65 per cent of the organization’s annual budget.
“While we a re very grateful for donations, we have been experiencing an increased amount of unusable items,” said Pauline Pratt, executive director of the House of Lazarus.
“Unfortunately, the costs of garbage removal has risen, and due to this increase, it is expected to reach $8,000 this year.”
Not wanting to deter the community from providing these valued donations that have been of utmost importance to the success of this organization, House of Lazarus officials have provided the following guidelines to help people deciding where they should take items.
In general, items dropped off for the House of Lazarus should be in good condition, functioning, with all necessary parts and free of stains or damage.
House of Lazarus is unable to accept: large floor model organs, furniture that is damaged or broken, items with parts or pieces missing, and large appliances that don’t work.
Acceptable items for fundraising recycling programs include: electronics, clothing, and metal and these are gratefully received even if broken or damaged.
A list of suggested donations is online at www.houseoflazarus.com and anyone with questions about donations can call House of Lazarus at 613-989-3830.
Thanks to funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant received, donations will be better protected from weather, theft and vandalism.
Along with the drop off Shelter which will be built in the spring, the grant funds are also providing for a new security system and signage.
Four O One Security has recently installed a camera and security alarm system and has donated the first year of monitoring.
Because the auxiliary tent at House of Lazarus was destroyed by the heavy icy weather just before Christmas, the drop off area remains at the usual designated area in the warehouse building.
The House of Lazarus experienced a record number of visits to its food bank in 2013.
Comparing 2012 and 2013, donations of food items from the community increased by about 10 per cent, but need rose at a greater rate.
The House of Lazarus food bank handed out 25 per cent more food in 2012 than it did in 2013, meaning that they had fund food purchases of nearly $29,000 from the 2013 budget.
The success of the House of Lazarus Community Outreach Mission through various programs is reflective of the deep social concern of the members of the communities we serve and their determination to ensure that those living in poverty or experiencing a challenging time in their lives have the support they need.
Many view donating to Missions like the House of Lazarus as a way of investing in their community to reduce the impact of rural poverty.
“Whether donating food, clothing, items or time and talent your support is making a difference in the lives of individuals, families and your community and is part of helping to develop a sustainable future. The House of Lazarus strives to be a voice and a leader in advocating for sustainable and resilient community members and communities,” says Pratt. “On behalf of those we serve, our board of directors, staff and volunteers I would like to thank you for your continued support of the House of Lazarus.”